Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to appoint a special prosecutor to jail Hillary Clinton may not actually happen.
“It’s not something I’ve given a lot of thought, because I want to solve health care, jobs, border control, tax reform,” he said during an interview with The Wall Street Journal, according to the Daily Mail.
At Trump rallies during the presidential campaign, his supporters would chant “lock her up” after Trump brought up the FBI investigation that found Clinton would not be indicted for her use of a personal email server while serving as secretary of state.
During the second presidential debate on Oct. 9, Trump said to Clinton: “If I win I’m going to instruct the attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there’s never been so many lies, so much deception. People have been, their lives have been destroyed for doing one fifth of what you’ve done.”
When Clinton responded with, “It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law of our country,” Trump said, “Because you’d be in jail.”
Two high-profile Trump supporters, former New York City Mayer Rudy Giuliani and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, gave a similar response in post-election interviews as to whether Trump’s administration will pursue charges against Clinton.
“I think it’s a tough decision,” Giuliani said on CNN on Nov. 10. “I think it’s a tough one that should be given a lot of thought and shouldn’t be an off-the-cuff answer. Equal administration of justice is one of our most important principles.”
Giuliani said the decision to not pursue legal action against Clinton may be part of a political tradition.
“It’s been a tradition in our politics to put things behind us,” he said. “On the other hand, you have to look at how bad was it? Because suppose somebody comes along a year from now and is alleged to have stolen $50,000 from a charity — and [Clinton] was never investigated for hundreds of millions.”
Trump is reportedly considering appointing Giuliani attorney general.
The former New York City mayor said it would be a presidential decision as to whether he would accept the position with the condition that he not go after Clinton.
“We would have to talk about that,” Giuliani said. “We would have to talk about what the — what the ramifications of that to other prosecutions, future prosecutions — how would you cover that, suppose more evidence came forward a year from now that we don’t know now that makes it a much worse situation.”
Christie, who is rumored to be on Trump’s list for attorney general or chief of staff, told NBC’s “TODAY” that he has not spoken to the president-elect about prosecuting Clinton.
“I haven’t spoken to [Trump] about that,” he said. “I will tell you they had an enormously gracious conversation with each other Tuesday night. Again, politics are over now, people have spoken, time to move on.”
Clinton phoned Trump after he was announced the winner of the presidential election in the early morning hours of Nov. 9.
“So, Hillary called, and it was a lovely call, and it was a tough call for her, I mean, I can imagine,” he said during a “20/20” interview that will air on Nov. 13, according to the Daily Mail. “Tougher for her than it would have been for me. I mean, for me, it would have been very, very difficult. She couldn’t have been nicer. She just said, ‘Congratulations, Donald, well done.’ And I said, ‘I want to thank you very much; you were a great competitor.’ She is very strong and very smart.”
Former president Bill Clinton also spoke with Trump after the election results were called.
“[He] couldn’t have been more gracious,” Trump said. “He said it was an amazing run. One of the most amazing he’s ever seen. He was very, very, really, very nice.”
It is possible that before President Barack Obama leaves office in January 2017 he will pardon Clinton, but Press Secretary Josh Earnest would not directly answer questions regarding the matter during a Nov. 10 press conference.
“The president has offered clemency to a substantial number of Americans who were previously serving time in federal prisons. And we didn’t talk in advance about the president’s plans to offer clemency to any of those individuals,” he said. “That’s because we don’t talk about the president’s thinking, particularly with respect to any specific cases that may apply to pardons or commutations.”
Sources: Daily Mail, CNN / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr